Elham Seyedsayamdost
PhD, Columbia University

ACUNS Member, Elham Seyedsayamdost is accepting comments on her recent study reviewing post-2005 national development strategies of fifty countries from diverse income groups, geographical locations, human development tiers, and ODA (official aid) levels to assess the extent to which national plans have tailored the Millennium Development Goals to their local contexts. The full paper is here: MDG Assessment_ES, and Elham would welcome any feedback (

Duncan Green, srategic adviser for Oxfam GB and author of ‘From Poverty to Power’ provides his comments on the study here.

Elham Seyedsayamdost is a researcher and development professional specializing in the political economy of development. She was recently awarded a PhD in Political Science at Columbia University, where she was a Cordier Fellow at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Her PhD dissertation, titled “A World Without Poverty: Negotiating the Global Development Agenda,” examines the political processes, interests and preferences of international actors in creating the Millennium Development Goals. Previously, she worked for many years on development policy with UNDP and the World Bank. To learn more, visit